A New Age of Partnership & Innovation

A lot has changed since we gathered in San Antonio back in February 2020. Unprecedented challenges have rocked our nation and impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, both inside and outside the gate. But through it all, one thing has remained constant – the commitment of defense communities to support our military installations, missions, and families. This past year has taught us that the critical issues facing installations and military families do not recognize the fence line.

We must define a new normal for installations and defense communities. One that places partnerships and innovation front and center. This is what the Installation Innovation Forum has always been about, and that mission is now more important than ever.


IIF General Sessions: Introducing Challenge/Solution Forums


Featuring top leaders and subject matter experts from DOD, the services, communities and industry, these featured sessions will dive into the top key issues facing installations and military families and explore the innovative efforts underway across the country to address them.

Installation Innovation Today

Installations are often the “bill payer” when it comes to the defense budget, forcing installation leaders to make hard decisions about where to invest limited resources. Faced with a growing list of internal and external infrastructure challenges, installation managers must devise innovative strategies, policies, and partnerships to achieve mission assurance.

A One Community Approach to Building Climate Resilience

In 2019 DOD submitted a report to Congress stating that two-thirds of the military’s operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change. In its assessment of those installations, the Army, Navy, and Air Force reported that that flooding, drought, wildfires, sea-level rise, and other extreme weather events such as hurricanes posed severe threats to mission assurance. The threat of climate change has continued to increase, and DOD is taking a hard look at how they can work with communities and the private sector to build installation resilience.

Supporting the Future of Our Defense Infrastructure

Our military relies on a complex network of roads, buildings, facilities, utilities, and land—both on and off-base—to provide the critical training and power-projection platforms needed to protect our nation. It is vital that installation and community leaders understand how this network operates, what the vulnerabilities are, and how it can be strengthened to advance mission assurance and readiness.

How Can Communities and DOD Work Together to Provide Quality Child Care?

The availability of childcare for military families has become a key challenge for each of the services. Like all the tough issues facing installations and military families today, it cannot be solved without a one-community approach that leverages the resources of both DOD and defense communities.

Addressing the Housing Challenge

Service members and their families across the country are feeling the sting of the hot housing market as they move to new duty stations. Many are paying out of pocket for longer stays in temporary lodging, waiting longer for on-base housing, and paying hundreds of dollars more per month for rentals than their housing allowance covers. For many who want to purchase a home, it means offering tens of thousands of dollars above the asking price and bidding against multiple buyers in a fiercely competitive market — and often losing out to higher bidders.

Other Key Topics & Success Stories

Advancing Innovation

  • Federal Grant Opportunities for Communities: What’s Out There Beyond DOD?
  • Moody Air Force Base and Lowndes County, GA: The First DOD Intergovernmental Support Agreement Still Blazing New Trails
  • The First Blanket Intergovernmental Support Agreement: How the Alamo Area Council of Governments and Joint Base San Antonio Took Partnerships to a Whole New Level
  • Enhancing Your Defense Sector: Economic Development Strategies for Communities & States
  • The Northern Virginia Regional Intergovernmental Support Agreement
  • Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program – Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Climate Resilience

  • Leveraging the Natural Environment to Create Resilience
  • Understanding the Building Blocks of a Military Installation Resilience Plan and the Role Communities Play

Defense Infrastructure

  • The Battle Against Forever Contaminants: What’s Being Done to Combat PFOA & PFOS Groundwater Contamination?
  • How DOD is Working with Communities to Mitigate Noise Pollution
  • Using Hybrid Energy Technology to Advance Resilience
  • Post-COVID Revision of Space and Facility Requirements
  • Defense Community Infrastructure Program – Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Innovative Partnerships

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Miami Valley Hospital: Groundbreaking Collaboration to Fight COVID-19 and a Model for Future Installation-Community Medical Partnerships
  • Naval Air Station Oceana & Virginia Beach, VA: Partnering to Expand Local Development Opportunities
  • Utilities Partnerships: Red Stone Arsenal, Rock Island Arsenal, and Fort Carson, CO
  • Fairchild Air Force Base & Spokane County, WA: Creating a Joint Use Firearms Training Range – General Partnership
  • Goodfellow Air Force Base and the City of San Angelo: A True Example of a One Community Effort to Integrate Partnerships at all Levels
  • Facilities Maintenance: Fort Carson and the City of Fountain, CO
  • Next Generation Army Partnerships
  • A New Approach to Joint Training: The Indiana National Guard, State & Local Emergency Response Agencies, and Non-Profit Partners Conduct an Innovative Exercise of Unprecedented Proportions
  • Army Partnership Award Winner Spotlights

Installation Technology

  • Building a One-Community Telecommunications Network: An Innovative Partnership between Fort Carson and Colorado Springs, CO
  • Banshee Training and Air Force Labs: A partnership between Hanscom Air Force Base & the State of Massachusetts to Accelerate Critical Defense Research
  • Putting New Technology and Training into Action: A Breakthrough Partnership between Ellsworth Air Force Base, the National Security Innovation Network, and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • Army Futures Command Software Factory Shared Space
  • 3-D Printed Barracks: A Texas National Guard Model for the Future

Mission Assurance

  • Cyber Security Infrastructure: Protecting Critical Assets and Mission Readiness
  • Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center: Reimagining Installation Master Planning
  • Now is the Time to Prepare: Wargaming Installation Mission Assurance Scenarios
  • Army Installation Strategy Implementation
  • DOD Supply Chains at Risk: What’s Being Done and What More is Needed?
  • DOD Readiness & Environmental Protection Initiative – Building Sustainable Training Ranges
  • The Installation Resilience Operations Center: The Future of Installation Management

Quality of Life

  • Improving Military Child Education Opportunities: What’s Working on the Ground?
  • Implementing National Military Spouse Support Programs at the Local Level
  • Army & Air Force Exchange Service: Reinvigorating Installation Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
  • Military Families in Crisis: How can Communities and Installations Partner to Address Addiction, Mental Illness, and Domestic Abuse?
  • Strategies for Building a Military Family-Friendly State
  • Using Intergovernmental Support Agreements to Improve Quality of Life

What’s Next

  • Future of Work: How Has the Pandemic and Remote Work Capability Changed the Game?
  • Advanced Partnerships: What’s on the Horizon?


DAY 1 – Monday, November 1

08:00 – 11:00
Service Pre-Conference Town Halls

11:00 – 12:30

12:30 – 13:15
Opening General Session

13:15 – 13:45
Networking Break

13:45 – 14:30
Breakout Sessions (3)

14:30 – 15:00
Networking Break

15:00 – 15:45
Breakout Sessions (3)

15:45 – 16:15
Networking Reception

16:15 – 17:00
General Session

17:30 – 19:00
Welcome Reception (offsite)

DAY 2 – Tuesday, November 2

08:00 – 9:00
Networking Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45
General Session

09:45 – 10:00

10:00 – 10:45
Breakout Sessions (3)

10:45 – 11:15
Networking Break

11:15 – 12:00
Breakout Sessions (3)

12:00 – 13:00
Networking Lunch

13:00 – 13:45
General Session

13:45 – 14:15
Networking Break

14:15 – 15:00
Breakout Sessions (3)

15:00 – 15:30
Networking Break

15:30 – 16:15
Breakout Sessions (3)

16:15 – 16:45
Networking Break

16:45 – 17:30
Breakout Sessions (3)

17:30 – 18:30
Happy Hour

DAY 3 – Wednesday, November 3

08:00 – 9:00
Networking Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45
REPI Town Hall

09:45 – 10:00

10:00 – 10:45
OLDCC Townhall

10:45 – 11:15
Networking Break

11:00 – 12:00
ADC Policy Agenda Town Hall (Members Only)



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